Diagnostic Testing with Numbas

The MESH team at Western Sydney University has used the Numbas diagnostic test mode to develop several diagnostic tests for students participating in our online, self-paced Maths Start refresher workshops.

These tools (we have avoided the use of the word test) have been used at the start of four of our five workshops to provide students with a baseline of their abilities in the skills covered by each workshop and inform them of the topics where they need to focus their study.

In this talk we will discuss the development process necessary for producing a successful diagnostic test, review the results for the first run of the test and discuss plans for future improvement of the tool.